At some point someone somewhere, somehow will need to find a way to ask the media and pundits at large what is more important in selecting a president – competency or ideology.
The press, too, lives in America and by its laws; they, too, buy gas and food and pay mortgages; they, too, have children they don’t want blown up.
Already it is more than clear, however, that Obama’s race supersedes any issue of competency.
One fears and assumes this only will get worse as the general election campaign begins and wears on. Clearly any attack on character, ideas, associations, experience, anything at all will be labeled as a “racist” attack by ideologues on the left – which of course includes nearly all of the mainstream media.
News flash! Attacking the most liberal senator for his votes, ridiculing a senator who does not grasp that lowering tax rates always increases the federal take, dumping on a senator for raising his children in a decidedly racist and anti-American church, and asking aloud again and again why Democrats have put forward a nominee with approximately zero experience at anything, is not racist.
In fact, it is racist to not ask these questions for fear of being labeled racst.
None of these lines of questioning are racist; each and every one is not only legitimate but absolutely necessary.
Will the media put the needs of America first and vet this inexperienced Jr. Senator with no leadership credentials because that is what is best for America and the world, given our place on it, or will the press prefer a pure ideological election, never allowing hard questions by deriding the questioners as racist?
America has a free press because in a democracy or a republic the press is the only organ of education for the voters.
For the press to put their ideology above the needs of Americans to understand for whom they may be voting will accomplish two things and two things only: it will give the world an American president without a clue – taxes, economics, foreign policy, trade policy, world affairs. And it will set race relations in America back 50 years.
Refusing to ask, deal with and answer tough questions simply because of the race of the person who ought to be answering these questions is both racist in the extreme and more than a tad paternalistic.
If Obama can’t answer – or even be asked – hard questions because of his race, what does this say about Americas willingness to be a post-racial country trading on the content of one’s character rather than the color of one’s skin?
Do the members of the press really think that Kim Jong Il or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Hugo Chavez care what race our president us?
Of course they don’t.
But you can bet each will test the new president’s competency.
For that competency not to be found wanting, tough questions must be asked and answered now, regardless of the desire of the media to question the race credentials of the questioner.